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Australians want more women in politics

Maeve BannisterAAP
Despite representing more than half the population, women are under-represented in government.
Camera IconDespite representing more than half the population, women are under-represented in government. Credit: AAP

Australians want to see more women in politics, new research has found.

The research - conducted by Women for Election, an organisation which provides support and training to women wanting to enter politics - found 69 per cent of people surveyed agreed more diversity in politics would lead to better outcomes for everyone.

Despite representing more than half the population, women are currently under-represented at all levels of Australian government.

Women make up just over one third of federal, state and local members of parliament, assemblies and councils.

But a report by the Global Institute for Women's Leadership showed when women have political leadership, there are gains not just for women and girls but for the whole of society.

Leading up to the 2022 election, Australians are looking for a new era of leadership.

Women for Election research showed 67 per cent of people surveyed believe current politicians do not accurately represent the nation's diversity.

CEO Licia Heath said events in 2021 mobilised women around the country to have their voices heard in politics and the organisation saw participation in its training programs increase by 850 per cent since 2019.

"(Women) are out in the community every day, working out what can be improved and fixing it; for the betterment of their community," she said.

"It's a power that's always been there, humming away in the background, and that dedication to community is what we want from our political representatives."

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